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2012
Questions on georeferencing are some of the most common questions that we get in Support. These conversations range from basic how to questions all the way to questions like “Why are the buttons grayed out?”

There are many places you can find georeferencing help. A few of these places are the ArcGIS Desktop Help documentation, the multiple Support Blogs (linked at the bottom), and the technical articles at Esri Support.

Recently, we have been getting a lot of long-time customers using the georeferencing tool calling in because their toolbar is grayed out. If you are having trouble with an inactive toolbar – have no fear! There is a great article that details some of the known issues that can cause problems when georeferencing rasters in ArcMap.

Of the issues described in the article, one of the most common has to do with datum transformations within a map document. When there are layers or rasters in the map document with different datums, the georeferencing toolbar will be grayed out or inactive. To activate the georeferencing toolbar, open a new map document and only add the raster that you desire to georeference.
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Georeferencing Toolbar at ArcGIS 9.3.1

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Georeferencing Toolbar at ArcGIS 10



Always be mindful of which raster you are georeferencing, and always remember to save your solution by rectifying or updating the georeferencing. Otherwise the solution will only be applied to that raster in that map document.Support Blog Posts on GeoreferencingWorking with Rasters: GeoreferencingHaving problems georeferencing your raster image?Jeff S. - Raster Support Analyst
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Dockable Tool Index window in ArcGIS 10



Many users, including me, have a sort of nostalgic longing for functionality that was available in previous versions of ArcGIS.  For instance, sometimes I like to use the classic editing and snapping interface as described in this previous blog, “Setting the Edit and Snapping Environments in ArcGIS 10 to the classic (9.x) Formathttp://blogs.esri.com/Support/blogs/supportcenter/archive/2010/08/20/setting-the-edit-and-snapping-environments-in-arcgis-10-to-the-classic-9-x-format.aspx.” Similarly, the new Search window is great, but I miss the ability to search tools using the index tab that was available in version 9.3.1.

Call it stubbornness, resistance to change, laziness or whatever, but some of us want to be able to type just a few letters (instead of the entire tool name) and have all the tools that begin with those letters reveal themselves.  Evidently quite a few people wanted this functionality brought back, as the “Bring back the Index tab in Arc Toolbox” idea garnered over 2,400 points on ArcGIS Ideas.  Thankfully, we can all stop shamelessly promoting this idea because an Add-in has been made available in the Code Gallery that creates a Dockable Geoprocessing Tool Index Window for ArcGIS 10. From the Code Gallery, you can download the Add-in and install it by following the instructions provided in the description. Enjoy the nostalgia!Jake P. – ArcGIS Desktop Support Analyst

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